The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music review, Part 2: More photos tell of Opera in the Park’s success

July 20, 2010

By Jacob Stockinger

Yesterday, I offered a review of the Madison Opera’s ninth annual “Opera in the Park” concert Saturday night, and I emphasized the performers and performances.

But I took more photos that I could use in one review.

So here is a gallery with some one-line captions.

Let me know if you enjoy them and would like similar postings in the future. If so, I will do more.

The record crowd in Garner Park was 14,000. That’s big.

But it was an attentive and courteous crowd that read about the program and performers.

The planning is really thorough. No need to worry about getting sick.

Or going when you have to go.

You could bring a picnic dinner (see above) or you could eat with the donors, who had a catered dinner in a tent.

They also received a reserved place up close to the stage.

The event costs more than $200,000 to put on but is offered free. So vendors offered free programs plus flourescent light sticks that sell for $1.

And you could buy a T-shirt to help the cause.

Or an ice cream to enjoy on a hot summer night.

The Madison Opera uses the event to promote its upcoming season but also to thank its donors and sponsors.

They have to build a stage from scratch each year, including generating power , for the event.

Darkness and sing-alongs and flourescent light sticks add a certain charm and glow and feeling of fellowship.

It’s good to remember where you are and why you can be there.

And it is good to remember that opera is a team effort, a group activity.

It’s also good to get in the spirit of the many  love songs and love arias that figure so prominently in opera and musical theater, and to reach for someone close to you, very close to you.

So, what do you think?

Do you like this photo-essay format?

Would you like to see more of them?

The Ear wants to hear.

Posted in Classical music

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